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Author: Dr. Seuss / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 06 May 2003 / Genre: Character Books / Subcategory: Picture Books / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: Green Eggs and Ham / ISBN 13: 9780007158461 / ISBN 10: 0007158461

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      19.01.2013 17:19

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      Buy this book! Your child will thank you and reading will become fun!

      Always a fan of Dr. Seuss, I bought this book for my little boy and he loves it! The story centres on 'Sam', who wants his friend to try a new food, green eggs and ham and he tries numerous ways of persuading him to take a bite (a familiar scene at most family meal times with new foods!) Each page repeats words and phrases so children soon begin to get the hang of the lovely rhyming language. It is a brilliant text for young learners for several important reasons. Firstly, the pictures are bright, colourful and funny, which engages the interest of a child immediately. Secondly, the text itself is highly repetitive, meaning from the very first reading a child can enjoy joining it with the book. This not only builds confidence, but becomes a useful speech and language exercise.
      The book also uses humour very effectively at the correct level for a young child. This humour captures the interest of the reader and provides a really encouraging 'fun' learning experience. It is vital that children enjoy books from a young age as this gives them a brilliant foundation for literacy as they grow up.
      After a few reading my son began to seek out this book and point out simple words to me, all the while laughing at the green eggs and ham, and how far the character would go to avoid them!
      As an overview, I would encourage every parent to buy this book for their child, there are many other Dr. Seuss books but this one will always be my son's favourite because he can 'read' it!

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      29.09.2012 09:51
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      Great book, cheap price, good for all ages

      I was never introduced to Dr Seuss as a child, but whilst looking for some new books for my 2 year old daughter I took some time to read about him. I watched an animated short of this film on youtube and I introduced it to my daughter. She instantly loved it and although she is still a bit too young to get the moral of the story, I do keep reminding her about it everytime I try to get her to eat something new.

      >---Synopsis---<
      'Green Eggs and Ham' tells the story of Sam, or as he is referred to in the book "Sam-I-am" and an unnamed grumpy character. Throughout the book Sam tries to get the unnamed character to try green eggs and ham, to which the unnamed character usually turns his nose up at it. Sam is persistant and chases the unnamed character all over the place and in a number of situations(in a car, in a tree, on a boat, on a train etc) to try and get him to eat the undesirable looking dish. The book culminates in the unnamed character trying green eggs and ham just to prove that he doesn't like it and also to get Sam off his back, only to find despite it looking unpleasant, he actually likes it. The story is written in a nice rhyming style.

      After introducing my daughter to the animation, I decided to buy the book for her and it became an instant hit with her, although she does get a bit scared when I do my loudest annoying voice, when speaking the unnamed characters part.

      The book was originally published in 1960 and for a story that is 52 years old, the moral of the story remains unchanged. When I read about this book, before buying it I found that the whole book only uses 50 words, this was due to a bet Dr Seuss had with his publisher that after completing 'The Cat in the Hat' with 225 words, he could not write a book using so few words. The book is also written in simple vocabulary so eventually your young child will be able to read it. I only wish I hadn't left it so late to get into Dr Seuss, as I love his books now and I know I would have loved them as a child.

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        02.08.2010 17:34
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        A fantastic story for those with an imagination bigger than a flying elephant!

        Let me start by saying that my kids (5 and 7) Love this book. And I say Love with a capital L because it is the book I read to them every bed time without fail after constant nagging from them both.

        It's a book that I loved from my youth, which I thought I might try on the kids, more for my own amusement than theirs (if I'm honest!). I still love it and they do too. I will tell you why now:

        Green Eggs and Ham has some fantastic imagery in the book, the pictures despite only being a couple of colours per page, are really vivid. They show that you do not need todays (albeit wonderful) 3d animatronics to tell a kids story. What you need are interesting characters and a story with imagination. Lets forget that the story tells of a simple premise of 'judging a book by its cover,' the narrative of Sam-I-Am trying to persuade the other main character to eat some Green Eggs and Ham. Yum yum I think not!!

        The book is told in rhymes, and it is the weird and wonderful characters and settings that keep the kids interested. At one point, Sam-I-Am asks if "He would eat (Green eggs and ham) in a boat", or "would he eat them with a goat." Regardless, I really can't do the text justice. It's a book for kids with imaginations, or adults with the same.

        A fantastic book from a fantastic Author. Highly Recommended!

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          02.07.2010 15:45
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          So would you try green eggs and ham?

          Ages: Suitable from birth to about 7 or 8.

          Dr Seuss beginner Books are all written along the same lines. They use only a word list of 379 most commonly used words which are meant to make up the core reading vocabularly for young readers, plus twenty slightly harder words and one emergency word of the authors choice if they got really stuck writing the book. A total of 98 books were written in this series and most quickly became best sellers. This is one of our favourites.

          The story line is incredibly simple, in fact it seems to simple to really keep a child's attention, but it does. In short Sam I am torments a rather long suffering chap with an equally long face by constantly trying to get him to eat green eggs and ham. The illustrations are relatively simple, as one would expect for the time this was written (1960), but engaging nonetheless. The story has everything, a car, a train, a tunnel a boat, plenty to keep the youngest ones entertained.

          The story has an exellent rythym to it, which will capture the interest of the youngest children, and reading aloud books like this with rythym and rhyme from an early age will help a child develop phonemic awareness and later reading readiness. There is some debate on these books, in that by using the same word list they focus on whole word reading rather than phonics, but at the same time, the rhyming will help develop phonic skills as well. While I am a firm believer in the use of phonics, i think these easy to read books are brilliant for developing confidence in the emergent reader.

          My opinion: I enjoyed reading this myself as a child, as it was one of the books I could read easily from an early age. I still think it's a great book.

          The chilren's opinion: Both boys enjoy this as a good fun book. The five year old is quite pleased to be starting to be able to read it himself.

          Side note - How to Make Green Eggs and Ham:
          We have made green eggs and ham, but I have found regular ham quite hard to colour, so have used chopped ham or spam. Likewise it is difficult to colour just the yolk of the egg, but is easily done with scrambled eggs. Of course it tastes fine, but something about the colour does make you gag on the first few bites, and the children arent to keen on it either. Just some level of instinct tells you "Dont eat this". The dog was quite happy to finish it off.

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            28.05.2009 15:53
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            There's a reason people still buy this book 49 years after it was first published.

            I was a little dubious that a children's book from 1960, and and American one, and one with such an obvious 'lesson', would appeal to my children but I needn't have worried. They love it.

            This is a beautiful and silly book about one character claiming not to like something and another character pestering him till he tries it. It doesn't sound like much when you strip it down like this but then the work of Dr Seuss was always about more than it was apparently about.

            The pictures are striking and simple with just enough detail to be interesting but not so much as to be over stimulating. The colours are sharp and acid-bright and very attractive. The world of Dr Seuss is as fantastic as any surrealist painting but in the non-threatening way that the drawings of an imaginative child are fantastic.

            The words show a real love of language. The rhythm and rhyme make it a joy to read out loud, even though it's very repetitive, and children love to join in with the bits they can remember.

            Any book can have a calming effect on children but this one works so well that I keep a copy of it in one of my handbags. When my son (4-years-old) gets over-tired and fractious I whip it out and read it to him and then let him look at the pictures and tell me what he can see and ask me questions while I get time to finish my cappuccino.

            And the wonderful thing about Dr. Seuss is that no-one is going to object to you reading it in public.

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              30.04.2009 21:59
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              Now I love green Eggs and Ham

              I have no idea why, but when my kids were young, some twenty-plus years ago, I did NOT like this book at all. I thought it was rubbish, and so my three never experienced the joys of Sam-I-Am until they were parents themselves, and I had re-discovered it and fallen in love. How could I have neglected my own children so? What could have prompted my disliking it the first time around? Was it the overboard American thing? I have no idea, but my kids didn't watch "Sesame Street" either. For the same reasons. I thought both were absolute drivel.
              Looking back on the last few years, when every interaction with children, be it grandchildren or those I've babysat, invariably included a rendering of this rhyme, I find it hard to put a finger on what I originally disliked. Children love the rhyme and rhythm of it as the cadence undulates through the tale. The illustrations tend to prompt giggles and the kids love to join in with "I do not like them, Sam-I-Am, I do not like Green Eggs and Ham". It is brilliant.

              There is now a children's video version as well, brightly illustrated, brings the book characters to life. kids love it, so add it to the video shelf, too.
              The repetition can be used to help children learn to read but, if nothing else, prepares them for language and introduces poetry to them, long before they have a chance to "hate" poetry in school. Foster it early, and it will endure! I can't change my children's childhood, but I can ensure that I give the "Green Eggs and Ham" experience to lots more kids in the future.

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                22.09.2008 16:10
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                Another fun installment from Dr Seuss

                Dr Seuss has written countless numbers of fun books for children and this one is Green Eggs and Ham.

                The cover of the book is Green with a red and white stripped banner down the left hand side and a picture of a yellow and white cat holding a plate of green eggs and ham and the title in white letting on the right hand side. The back cover is also green and has a paragraph about the book written at the top.

                The story starts with a funny creature called Sam holding a banner telling us he is Sam-I-am. We meet another cat like creature who tells us he does not like that Sam-I-am. Sam asks this creature if he likes green eggs and ham, he says he does not like them. Sam goes on pestering him about liking green eggs and ham and taking him to funny places asking him if he would like them there.

                Would he give in and try the green eggs and ham to hake Sam-I-am happy or would Sam-I-am keep trying?

                Through out this book there is a very clever rhyming pattern which starts and the beginning of the book and the whole story is told using it. The words are nice and basic which are ideal for the beginner reader and the rhyming will also help with them recognising the words.

                The book has nice bright pictures on all the pages which helps to tell the story and I have also found that they help to keep my 4 year old interested in the book as he is able to use them to see what is happening. He does also try and tell me the story by using the pictures and he is quite close to the actual story doing this.

                This is only a short story and can be read in about 5 minutes so this is an ideal bedtime story or just one for if you are short on time.

                The book has a green back cover which Dr Seuss wrote for children who are just beginning to read on their own. He also wrote blue back books which are for adults to read to children and yellow back books for confident and fluent readers to read on their own.

                Other titles with the green back include:-

                And to Think I saw it on Mulberry Street
                The Cat in the Hat
                Fox in Socks
                I Can Read with my Eyes Shut
                I Wish That I Had Duck Feet.

                This book was published by Harper Collins Publishers Limited and has a retail price on the back of the book of £4.99. They are available to buy for less on both Amazon and EBay with prices starting at just 1p on the market place.

                I highly recommend this book to all fans of Dr Seuss or for parent trying to encourage independent reading to their children.

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                  04.09.2008 17:02
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                  A great story with a great message, a true classic

                  Green Eggs and Ham was my favourite book when i was a child and now it is my childrens favourite too.

                  First published in 1960 and now the 4th best childrens book of all time Green Eggs and Ham is a true classic.

                  What's great about the dr seuss books is his wacky ryhmes that leave you tounge tied and mesmerised. I don't think anyone else would get away with writing in this kind of style.

                  The story's are so brilliant for kids because of the fact he create's his own wacky words and worlds and the creatures that live in those worlds. And this gives children inspiration to do the same, because they don't have to have a wealth of knowledge and be really clever they can make up their own words and characters and inspire their imaginations.

                  Green eggs and ham is a fantastic story with a very real point that is absoloutley true, you don't know if you like something unless you try it, this book actually helped me and my wife introduce new foods to our children, we get them to pretend they are the unamed moody grinch like character and i pretend i am Sam i am, then we do the rhyme and eventually they will try the food, it may sound silly and a long winded way to get kids to eat new foods but i don't care it really works.

                  The story is basically a character called sam i am trying to impress his moody neighbour, a grinch like character by offering him a plate of green eggs and ham, to which the neighbour keeps refusing, so sam persists and asks him to try them in different locations and scenario's for example: 'Would eat them in a box, would you eat them with a fox', to which the neigbour reply's 'I would not eat them in a box, i would not eat them with a fox'. Well eventually the grinch like character gives in and try's the Green Eggs and Ham and concedes that actually he does like it.

                  If you have never read any Dr Seuss then his stories may sound strange at first but once you read them you realise how good they are and how different they are to other childrens books.

                  Green Eggs and Ham is for beginner readers, and will remain a classic childrens story for all time.

                  10/10

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                    08.05.2008 09:17
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                    Getting your child to try something new can be a struggle.

                    ***Background***

                    Dr Seuss is well known because of his many books and of course The Cat In The Hat has had a revival thanks to the film of the same name. His clever nonsensical rhymes have delighted children for many years and this one was first published way back in 1962.

                    ***The Book***

                    The book starts with a funny looking character standing on the rear end of a creature that looks a little bit like a dog.

                    "I am Sam
                    Sam I am."

                    A grumpy old character sitting in a chair complains.

                    "That Sam-I-am!
                    That Sam-I-am!
                    I do not like
                    that Sam-I-am!"

                    The question that Sam asks him next is quite simply,

                    "Do you like green eggs and ham?"

                    The rhyming script then continues with the old character saying he doesn't like them and Sam spends his time asking him lots of different questions to see if there is any way that he can get him to eat them.

                    The problem is that the old character hasn't actually tried them before and Sam keeps on and on at him until he finally agrees to try them so he can be left alone. The story ends with a delighted Sam because it turns out that the old character loves green eggs and ham and is so pleased to have tried them.

                    ***The Illustrations***

                    The pictures in this book are extremely funny throughout as we are shown all the different ways that green eggs and ham might be enjoyed. Despite this being in a classic style book the pictures and bright and bold and the writing is kept on a white background in quite large print so it is easy for a child to read.

                    ***My Thoughts***

                    My son is pretty familiar with the Dr Seuss classic collection because we have quite a few of the books at home including the famous Cat In The Hat and Hop On Pop but this one seems to have managed to escape our shelves. It wasn't surprising therefore when my son grabbed it from the shelf in the local library and brought it over to me, as he already loves the strange and funny rhymes in the Dr Seuss books.

                    The style of rhyming in the book is just pure genius and I don't think there has been anything quite like this since it was written all those years ago. The thought of eating green eggs and ham is not exactly appealing to anyone and in fairness I would probably be quite worried about all sorts of food poisoning if that was served up to me, but the point of this silly book is to show children that they might actually like something if they just give it a try and stop being so stubborn.

                    Books like these were well ahead of their time when it comes to things like phonics in schools but they are so useful when a child is learning to read because it shows the different ways letters can be sounded out. The repetition throughout the book is also a good test of memory when reading with your child and it's great fun to see if they can remember what comes next in the list of places that Sam has suggested eating the dreaded food.

                    The pictures are simple with lots of bright colours and funny creatures. The predominantly white background makes them jump out at you and this also emphasises the clear black text.

                    I remember reading this book at school and loving it and it was a joy to be able to read it again with my son after all those years. I think I can honestly say that this will be one of those books that goes on to delight children for many years to come.

                    ***Price & Availability***

                    The paperback version retails for £4.99 but can be found on Amazon for only £3.49. It also comes in hardback form complete with a CD featuring the voice of Adrian Edmondson from The Young Ones for £9.99 from WH Smith.

                    ISBN No. 0007158467

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                      11.07.2007 14:14
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                      Sam teaches a lesson on trying new things before dismissing them

                      ~~~ A bit about the author and how the book came to be~~~~

                      On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father was a park commisioner for Queen Victoria Park at Niagra Falls, and actually owned the zoo within its grounds. His love of animals and the zoo topic would touch his works time and time again, proving that his own childhood played a vital part in his writings for children. His middle name of Seuss was also his mother’s maiden name, and first appeared as his by line while at university, when he was forced by the college to officially resign from his extra curricular activities after being caught breaking Prohibition as the host of a party where drinking of alcohol was occurring. At that time being editor in chief of the university newspaper, he was loathe to give it up, and so the paper continued with him secretly on board, signing his pieces as simply Seuss. Upon his graduation, he began using DR. as an addition to his pseudonym.

                      He wrote many humourous illustrated articles for popular American magazines of the day, such as the Saturday Evening Post, and during the Great Depression earned his living as an ad man. His work for Flit (a bug spray) became famous with people using it as a catchphrase, thus guranteeing his place in the advertising world. It was not until 1937 that he wrote his first children’s book. It is said that the rythym of the engines upon a ship he was traverlling upon inspired the cadence for his book, And to Think I Saw it upon Mulberry Street, which provided a later blueprint for books yet to come. During WW II he began doing political cartoons, culminating in his joining the Army in 1947 as commander of their First Motion Picture Unit. He is credited with several training films, a few documentaries of note, and a propaganda film that had peacetime in Germany after the war as its subject.

                      Perhaps his greatest achievement came after the war, however. In 1954, Life magazine did a report on childhood illiteracy, resulting in the forward thinking actions of Seuss’ publisher. They drew up a list of 250 keywords, and challenged Seuss to use ONLY those words in a story. The result was the famed “Cat in the Hat” and was the start of the Beginner Books. Later, being challenged to write a story with only 50 words, he again succeeded with the beloved classic Green Eggs and Ham. And so it was that the the I can Read imprint of Beginner Books began. The books by Seuss and other authors under the imprint made reading fun, and the use of keywords and phonics have made these popular choices for parents and teachers around the world. It should be noted that these books of Seuss’ are written in poetic meter, and they are properly read in a rhythm. Currently the books are released with colour coded spines or backs so that adults may easily choose the correct reading level, and there is even a book available that discusses on how to use the works of Dr Seuss as an actual reading programme and as enrichment for other learning topics (I have to say, we used the books as readers this way with great success). The zany drawings and fantastical creatures and situtaions that are typical of Seuss continue to have broad appeal to children, and no doubt will for many generations. It is an irony perhaps that the man who dedicated so many years of his life improving the quality of literacy for children and thereby the subsequent quality of life for so many, himself died childless at the age of 87.


                      ~~~The Book~~~


                      Green Eggs and Ham is a very simple story. Sam whizzes by a furry fellow on a chair and invites him to sample some green eggs and ham. The fellow refuses, and Sam is most insistent, going through all sorts of bizarre scenarios to see what it would take to get him to try the dish. Finally, out of exasperation, the furry fellow tries them and is surprised to find he DOES like the dish after all. The overall message is one of trying new things before dismissing them as things we do not like.

                      The illustrations are large, and the text is a good size. The simplified language makes it easy for any just beginning to read child to read with success on their own; containing only 50 words. They are basic vocabulary and most are phonetically related. The pictures themselves also give clues as to what the text is, providing a clue to children who may be hesitant on pronunciations.

                      ~~~My children’s thoughts~~~


                      My eldest daughter read this book as her first “all by myself book” and was successful straight off. This gave her amazing confidence as she had heretofore assumed she could only read books she had had help with, either previously in a classroom (before home ed), or with me hovering nearby. So much did she enjoy her own show of prowess, and find the story hilarious, that she repeatedly reads this story to her younger brother. He in turn gets the giggles everytime it is read.

                      It ahs also had a positive impact on their eating habits. They became more willing to try “odd” looking foods and relating this directly to how yummy green eggs and ham turned out to be. In fact, they asked FOR green eggs and ham as a meal one day, so we duly fried up some eggs after adding a few drops of green food colouring! It tasted the same as normal eggs and ham, which seemed to seal the idea the book planted firmly in their minds.

                      Asked about their favourite parts of the book, the children the children unanimous point to the penultimate scene of the book where all the scenarios run together to end up a big mess as they all end up in what appears to be the sea or a large lake, complete with a fox, a box, a mouse, a house, a train, and much, much more.

                      ~~~My verdict~~~

                      I have to admit to being a fan since 1972. This was the book I learned to read with when I myself was 3 ½ years old along with Hop on Pop. I went on to become a die hard Seuss fan, so it is perhaps not so surprising I buy these for my children. I appreciate the humour, the positive messages, and the way the books build upon vocabulary. The poetic meter in the book has also made learning to read aloud with a rhythm a more natural occurrence, and my daughter can now read prose without that “drone” and she is not quite 6. It also has made a good introduction to narrative poetry, and provided a springboard to other child appropriate poetry. Because of these credentials, I am giving this a full five star rating.

                      ~~~Availability~~~


                      The book is widely available at most high street book retailers for £4.99 in its most common paperback form. It is also available online from tesco, Amazon, and Play.com for roughly the same price. Amazon occasionally include the book in various special offers aswell. The book is also available in electronic format for the PC, priced at £4.99 by Amazon. We also have this version, and the child can be read to, or read it themselves. The pictures from the book animate and there are surprises when you click on the pictures. A Spanish version is also for sale on Amazon, priced at £4.95. Also on Amazon, there is a version with the paperback book in English, as well as a CD narration, priced at £9.99. So many versions, so easily and cheaply available., it is no trouble at all to locate a copy to buy.

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                        A great read for young children and early readers

                        I got this from Amazon as part of a "two for a fiver" promotion. I got this one and also "The Cat In The Hat" for my two girls. I only bought this as my oldest one (who is 5 now) is learning to read and her teacher had been reading this to the class at school and she had begged for about 2 weeks before I finally gave in!

                        Dr Seuss has literally written hundreds of books for and about children. The Cat in the Hat has to be one of the more widely known ones, as immortalised by Mike Myers in his film. But Green Eggs and Ham is not one that I had heard of until my daughter mentioned it. So I eventually agreed to get the book for her if it meant that I would get some peace and quiet from the constant "mummy please can I have the book?"

                        We meet Sam (I am Sam, Sam I am) at the beginning, a cheerful looking creature who is riding on the back of another strange creature and looking exceptionally pleased with himself for some reason or another. And then we meet the Grouch. He is a creature similar to Sam, only larger, and sitting in his armchair with a paper and looking really grumpy.

                        "That Sam-I-am!
                        That Sam-I-am!
                        I do not like
                        that Sam-I-am!"

                        Then Sam asks the Grouch the crucial question ...

                        "Do you like green eggs and ham?"

                        And so begins our story, which is told entirely in rhyme, and is great fun for children of all ages, as my two year old will confirm, as she loves it too!

                        The story covers 62 pages, but as it is told in rhyme, this is understandable. The text is plain and easy to read. And it is also easy for an early reader to comprehend and read along. As I mentioned earlier, my 5 year old is learning to read, and while her Service education is fantastic (I will have to write a separate review on that I think lol) she is limited at school to the books that she reads (generally the ones sent home with her to practise). So we try to get her as many books as possible that she can read on her own.

                        This is one that she will happily sit with and read, although some of the words, she is still a bit unsure of and will ask for help. But I have to say now that she is getting a bit of confidence and will sit with her sister and read the book to her (maybe not perfectly but it does encourage them to be nice to each other!).

                        The pictures are something that I would draw - they look like they have been drawn by a child, which is good as it is a child's book! The pictures are great for the kids as mine have great fun describing the pictures and telling me all about them. It certainly makes reading time a lot more fun in our house.

                        One thing that I do really like about this book is the hidden message within the story. It is the message that we have to try new things before we decide that we like them or not. This is particularly poignant with my kids as they are quite prone to say that they do not like something, before they have even tried it. I am now able to remind them about the Grouch, and it makes trying new things much easier.

                        All in all, I would say that this is a greatly enjoyable, educational book suitable right from toddlers to school age children of around 5 or 6, although in a classroom setting, I can imagine that this would be rather noisy! I certainly gets noisy in my house and I only have 2 children!

                        I have no hesitation in giving this the 5 star treatment with a high recommendation to anyone who has young kids, works with young kids, or needs to buy a present for a young child. A great book which has been read many times in our house and will be read many more.

                        Thank you for reading this and enjoy trying new things! Di xx

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                          21.10.2005 13:28
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                          The humorous rhyming works ever so well!

                          I first saw “Green Eggs and Ham” at the house of children I used to look alter almost 10 years ago. I remember not finding the illustrations so wonderful but thinking how clever the text was.

                          I totally forgot about the book until my son was born.

                          Having seen it on special offer on an internet site a couple of years ago, I recalled thinking it was quite funny and bought it for my son.

                          I bought the hard cover version which retails at £12.99, but the offer was for £3.99 and amazon sell it for £4.99 as a soft cover and from £3.00 for a used version.

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                          On the inside of the jacket which covered the book was a picture of the author:
                          Theodor Seuss Geisel, universally known as Dr. Seuss.
                          Born in Springfield, Massachusetts (USA) in 1904, he studied in Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and later at Oxford University in England. He was a magazine humorist and cartoonist as well as an advertising man.
                          His first children’s book was published in 1937 and was entitled And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

                          My initial reaction upon seeing his photo was that he looked neither like a cartoonist nor a children’s writer and that frankly he could have smiled a little for the image... but that’s prejudice for you.

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                          Green Eggs and Ham is a very witty and very funny story about a character without a name, looking like a cross between a cat, a dog, the boogieman, an elf and clearly something born out of Dr. Seuss imagination.

                          This creature is sitting comfortably in his arm chair, reading, when out of nowhere appears “Sam-I-am” (I am Sam).

                          That Sam-I-am!
                          That Sam-I-am!
                          I do not like
                          That Sam-I-am!

                          Sam-I-am descends upon the scene mounted on strange creatures and using rather curious and sometimes outrageous tools in an attempt to talk the main character into sampling a plate of Green Eggs and Ham.

                          Do you like Green Eggs and Ham?

                          I do not like them, Sam-I-am
                          I do not like green eggs and ham.

                          The entire story revolves around Sam-I-am coming up with the most bizarre endeavours to lure our main creature into putting at least a single bite of green eggs and ham into his mouth.

                          Would you eat them in a box?
                          Would you eat them with a fox?
                          …………………………
                          You may like them,
                          You will see.
                          You may like them in a tree!

                          His tremendous and ever the more odd suggestions to be convincing only seem to manage to drive the subject of his pursuit totally barmy. Yet he declines over and over again with a charmingly rhyming refusal, repeating Sam-I-am’s suggestions in the negative form.

                          I do not like them with a mouse.
                          I do not like them in a house.
                          I do not like them here or there.
                          I do not like them ANYWHERE.
                          I do not like green eggs and ham.
                          I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

                          Needless to say, Sam-I-am is as stubborn as Georges W. Bush is clever and will simply not relent in his effort.

                          You do not like them.
                          So you say.
                          Try them! Try them!
                          And you may.
                          Try them and you many, I say.

                          Out of utter and absolute desperation, our creature puts down all pretence and agrees to appraise a bite, if only to be left in peace.

                          Sam!
                          If you will let me be.
                          I will try them.
                          You will see.

                          And try them he does, surrounded by Sam-I-am and all the other strange individuals who, from the beginning of the story, join them in the adventure.
                          And guess what happens?

                          Sam!
                          I like green eggs and ham!
                          I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
                          And I would eat them in a boat.
                          And I would eat them with a goat…
                          …………..
                          Thank you!
                          Thank you,
                          Sam-I-am!

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                          I truly think that the entire story flows ever so amusingly, and even though I mentioned at the outset that I did not particularly like the illustrations, they are perfect for this comical tale.

                          I am assuming that Dr. Seuss’ inspiration to write this story derives from the excruciating difficulty involved in trying to get a child to sample a certain dish sometimes. I have not tried to use this with my own son, as other means of persuasion tend to work, but we both really enjoy the book nonetheless.

                          I would not be surprised if most people reading this had already heard of this book, it is very much a “classic” nowadays and I think it is a right place for it to be.

                          Dr.Seuss has written many other children’s books.
                          His claim to fame was The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957.
                          A few other titles are:
                          Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
                          One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
                          Mr. Brown can Moo, Can You?

                          If you are not sure you may enjoy this, all I can find to say is:

                          Try it!
                          Try it,
                          And you may….

                          © Lola Awada 2005

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                            09.07.2001 23:23
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                            I will say this first I don't have any children...yet, so you may ask why I am doing an opinion about a children's book, well... I don't know why I am about to admit to this but... It all started one New Year's eve and at a friends house I looked upon their bookshelf and low and behold there was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. I will point out that this was the same Christmas as the release of the film The Grinch based on the book by Dr. Suess, so we all were interested as the film has created a overall interest in Dr. Suess. So the decision was made and as anyone who as ever has been to a party then you realise there is something very child like that is awoken in every one of all ages. So yes, as one the room decided that it would be fun to read it aloud. So it started, considering that the ages of the people were a wide range and I was the youngest at the time, only 19 then, it still surprised me on how much fun the book can be and soon the whole room was joining in. Soon I was advising Dr, Suess to everyone I knew with young children to get them and offered my services to read it to them. I can easily see why children like them easy to read and fun to join in. Dr. Suess has a unique rhyming technique that involves, if you can't find a word that fits the rhyme then just alter the rules of grammar or if all else fails make a word up. Well now a bit about the story: Its about Sam trying to get the other character who is just referred to as 'I' to eat green eggs and ham. (Can you see a subtle lesson for children developing here?) So the story goes through places where you could possibly eat green eggs and ham. "Would you? Could you? In a car? Eat them Eat then Here they are" And the other character keeps saying the same things. "I would not, could in a car" Until the plot twist, Sam reasons that if you don't try them then you
                            don't know and so he tries them and... "I love to eat green eggs and ham, Thank you, thank you Sam-I-am" A Happy Ending (And with any luck your children are eating sprouts) If only the world could be made a happier place with just green eggs and ham. I would advise this book to anyone with children because the writing is simple, daft and childish so the children can have endless fun with Sam. So I will just ask you one question... DooYoo Like Green Eggs And Ham?

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                              22.03.2001 15:57
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                              Would you eat them with a fox? Green eggs and ham is a book from my childhood that I had completely forgotten. It had just hidden itself in the back of my mind and I had no recollection of it whatsoever. I rediscovered it recently while in the children's section of waterstones with a primary teacher friend of mine. To be honest I'm not proud of what happened next. I saw the book and this whole wave of Dr Seuss memories came flooding back. I grabbed a copy and then started hunting down The Cat in the Hat and the Cat in the Hat comes back and everything else I could suddenly remember from my toddler days. I forced a poor innocent primary teacher to buy copies too. I made her promise to read them to the children, better still, to base her syllabus for this year entirely on these fantastic books. I got a little carried away. But the fact still remains that these books had a powerful effect on me as a young child. They were quite simply the best thing around when I was about 4. I can't promise that they will produce the same psychotic reaction in your children in 17 years time, but be aware that it is possible.

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                                30.12.2000 21:18
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                                Green Eggs and Ham, Green Eggs and Ham, I'm one who likes this, Yes I am. Have YOU read Green eggs and Ham? You have not read Green eggs and Ham? Then I will tell you what I can. This book, I think, is really great Written by Theodor Geisel (late) He's Dr.Seuss, his name you've heard, He had a gift for the rhyming word. This book's about Green Eggs and Ham, And oddly named young 'Sam-I-Am' He tries to show them to his friend Who just refuses to amend His dislike of Green Eggs and Ham (He does not like them Sam-I-Am!) He offers them in many ways He offers them for many days But each time gets the same reply- His friend just simply gives the cry- 'I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham! I do not like them, Sam-I-Am' He offers them in situations In cars, on boats, (though not on stations) In boxes, even in a tree, They even end up in the sea, 'Till finally the friend gives in And says that he will try this thing Just to keep young Sam-I quiet But soon as he does dare to try it- He sees he likes this quirky dish So leaves behind the sea, and fish And thanks his good friend Sam-I-Am- For he DOES like green eggs and ham. This book you guessed is all in rhyme, That Doctor Seuss rhymes all the time But though this is a younger book, There's many more would like to look, They enjoy the rhymes and pictures too, Whether read by them or read by you, The younger (non) readers will have fun, They'll join in as you read along, They?ll learn; remember every rhyme And join in saying it, time after time, Then as the children learn to read, This is a book where they'll succeed, The vocab used is oft repeated And simple-they'll not come unseated, And children who are older still, Will love it too- they will,
                                they will, They'll like the silliness of the book, They'll like to take a closer look At the illustrations clear and funny In a book that's more than worth the money (And while we're on the subject, mine Was bought not long ago-two ninety nine!) And children past the age of ten Who've read this book will read again Though younger ones and learner readers Are the target here-it creates succeeders In the art of reading- Take a look I really recommend this book! (It's also on a Cd, too A computer one, it's true, it's true! And though I have not seen it yet I'm told it's really good to get!) And now an update on this op, (Stop thinking 'will he ever stop?') For I can add an extra view From Thomas Hodgson, now aged 2, Who likes this book by Dr.Seuss And others too, he wants their use For reading to him night and day, He does not want them put away! This book (and 'Hop on pop') you see, Are often read to him, by me. I say this to impress on you, He loves this books, and you will too!

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